The Bat-faced cuphea (Cuphea llavea) belongs to Lythraceae (the Loosestrife family). It is an evergreen shrub that is native to Mexico. This plants can grow up to about 75 cm tall, but when grown as seasonal annuals generally only become 30-45 cm tall with an equal spread. The leaves are ovate, dark green, thick, sandpapery up to 7.5 cm long and alternate. The flowers resemble a purple bat "face" with red petal "ears". They bloom from late spring to until frost, and are attractive to hummingbirds, bees and butterflies.